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Andhra High Court Dismisses Jagan Reddy’s Bail Plea

The Andhra Pradesh High Court has dismissed the regular bail petition of YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy in connection with an alleged disproportionate assets case involving him.

The AP High Court had on 24thDecember dismissed the statutory bail plea of Jagan.



The Andhra Pradesh High Court has dismissed the regular bail petition of YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy in connection with an alleged disproportionate assets case involving him.

The AP High Court had on 24thDecember dismissed the statutory bail plea of Jagan.

The CBI had on 22nd January alleged before the AP High Court that it was unable to speed up the investigation into Jaganmohan Reddys case owing to the non-cooperation of the state government.

Jagan's counsel S Niranjan Reddy arguing for the bail had earlier complained that the investigation seemed to be never-ending and in the name of incomplete investigation the bail cannot be denied.

The CBI, however, contended that the bail petition was not maintainable in accordance with the apex court order, which had said that Jagan had the liberty to approach the trial court for bail after the filing of the final charge sheet.

On 28th November, a special CBI court had dismissed his statutory bail petition observing that "granting bail at this stage of pending investigation will not only impede the investigation, but also infringe the avowed purpose set out by the Supreme Court in its order".

His second bail plea was also dismissed subsequently on 4thDecember after which Jagan moved the High Court and filed two bail petitions.

VANPIC project's promoter (industrialist Nimmagadda Prasad) allegedly invested Rs 854 crore in the companies belonging to Jagan towards a largesse for which the then AP government, led by late YS Rajasekhara Reddy, doled out many favours in the form of awarding the project.

Jagan, who was arrested on 27th May this year by CBI on corruption charges, is presently under judicial remand and lodged at the Chanchalguda Central Prison in Hyderabad.

The central agency had submitted a progress report on the ongoing investigation into the alleged illegal assets of Kadapa MP to the Andhra Pradesh High Court on 4th January.

Justice B Seshasayana Reddy dismissed the bail plea on twin grounds, observing that bail petition is not maintainable nor the grant of bail is desirable to the accused who is facing serious charges of financial irregularities.

The Supreme Court had categorically stated that CBI should be enabled to conclude its investigation on seven counts and file a comprehensive charge sheet.

The CBI is not able to complete its investigation on account of variety of constraints including lack of alleged proper cooperation from the state government, the judge said. Cumulatively, it is not desirable to grant bail to the accused, the judge noted in his order and dismissed the bail petition.

Earlier on 5th October, the Supreme Court had dismissed Jagan's bail plea in the disproportionate assets case.

While dismissing Jagan's bail petition, the apex court had ordered that the petitioner was open to renew his bail before the trial court "on completion of the investigation by the CBI in the seven aspects."

The CBI had earlier told the Supreme Court that it would be filing a final charge sheet on seven aspects – Sandur Power, Bharati/Raghuram Cements, Dalmia Cements, India Cements, Kolkata-based suitcase companies that sent money into Jagan companies, Lepakshi knowledge hub project, Indu Projects etc.

The central agency has so far filed four charge sheets against Jagan and others in as many cases.

League India Democracy Desk

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Cambridge Analytica: BJP Accuses Congress of “Misuse of Social Media”

BJP today charged Congress with taking help of tainted Cambridge Analytica for 2019 elections and asksed Rahul Gandhi if he wants to win elections by manipulating and stealing data.



The fallout of the Facebook data leak expose and its misuse by an election consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica in the 2016 US Presidential elections allegedly in the favour of Donald Trump has reached Indian shores.

The day saw the BJP accuse the Congress party of having ties with Cambridge Analytica while the Congress did its own finger pointing back at the BJP.

Even Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg has been put on notice by the govt if the personal data of over 200 million Indian Facebook users has been similarly misused.

Party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad cited media reports on opposition’s plan to use the firm’s services for next Lok Sabha elections.

He even wondered if Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter followers increased due to Cambridge Analytica. He said Misuse of social media for political gains will not be tolerated.

Law Minister even warned Facebook of stringent legal action against any misuse of data of more than 200 million Indians on its platform.

Though Congress has denied all allegations.

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica are in midst of controversy over the harvesting and use of 5 crore users’ personal data. Two newspapers reported that the company harvested personal data of Facebook users beginning in 2014.

Firm had been credited with helping Donald Trump to presidential victory. Data was allegedly utilized to direct messages for political campaigns.

Following this Cambridge Analytica’s CEO Alexander Nix, has since been suspended, while Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been summoned by  the chairman of a parliamentary committee in U.K & in the U.S. He has been asked to testify before Congress about how Facebook will protect users.

Moreover, Facebook’s shares also declined following this controversy, though both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica have denied any wrongdoing. But they still have lot to explain.

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It’s a Four; Lalu Yadav Convicted in Yet Another Case

Judge Shiv Pal Singh pronounced Yadav and 18 other accused in the case guilty and acquitted 12 accused.



A special CBI court in Ranchi on Monday convicted RJD chief and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav in the fourth case of fodder scam in which he figured as an accused.

Former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra was acquitted by the court, which will pronounce the sentences on Wednesday.

The verdict in the Dumka treasury case of Bihar’s Rs 1,000-crore fodder scam came as a jolt to RJD, Bihar’s main Opposition party that has the largest number of MLAs in the state Assembly.

Before this, Yadav, 69, has been convicted in three other cases of the scam that was unearthed in the mid-1990s when he was chief minister and had forced him to step down in 1997.

Judge Shiv Pal Singh pronounced Yadav and 18 other accused in the case guilty and acquitted 12 accused.

The case (RC 38A/96) pertains to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.76 crore from the government treasury in Dumka, presently in Jharkhand, even though the withdrawal limit was fixed at just Rs 1.50 lakh.

Officials of the state animal husbandry department, some bureaucrats of the then undivided Bihar government and suppliers of animal food had colluded with politicians to withdraw the funds from the treasury through 96 fake vouchers between December 1995 and January 1996.

Yadav was the chief minister of Bihar at the time.

Special CBI courts in Ranchi have earlier held Yadav guilty in three other cases of the scam.

He was handed a five-year jail term in the Chaibasa treasury case in September 2013; a jail term for three years and a half in the Deoghar treasury case in December 2017; and a jail term for five years in another case linked to the Chaibasa treasury in January last.

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Not Yet Over for Raja, Kanimozhi in the 2G Case; ED Moves Delhi HC

ED, in its charge sheet, had alleged that Rs 200 crore was paid by Swan Telecom (P) Ltd (STPL) promoters to DMK-run Kalaignar TV.



The Enforcement Directorate on March 19 moved the Delhi High Court challenging a special court order acquitting former telecom minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and others in the money laundering case arising out of the 2G scam.

Besides Raja and Kanimozhi, the special court had on December 21 last year acquitted 17 others, including DMK supremo M Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal, Shahid Balwa and Vinod Goenka of STPL, Asif Balwa and Rajiv Aggarwal of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd, film producer Karim Morani, P Amirtham and Sharad Kumar, Director of Kalaignar TV.

The ED, in its charge sheet, had alleged that Rs 200 crore was paid by Swan Telecom (P) Ltd (STPL) promoters to DMK-run Kalaignar TV.

On the same day, the trial court had acquitted Raja, Kanimozhi and 15 others, including former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura, Raja’s erstwhile private secretary R K Chandolia, Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, Unitech Ltd MD Sanjay Chandra and three top executives of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (RADAG) — Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair, in the CBI’s 2G case.

The CBI had alleged that there was a loss of Rs 30,984 crore to the exchequer in allocation of licences for the 2G spectrum which were scrapped by the top court on February 2, 2012.

Special Judge O P Saini, however, had then held that the prosecution had “miserably failed” to prove the charges.

The special court, which was set up on March 14, 2011, for hearing 2G cases exclusively, had also acquitted Essar Group promoters Ravi Kant Ruia and Anshuman Ruia and six others in a separate case arising out of the 2G scam probe.

The first case, prosecuted by CBI, had 17 accused, while the second matter, pursued by ED, had 19 undertrials. The third one had eight accused including Essar promoters.

In the CBI case, Raja, Kanimozhi and 15 others were tried under provisions of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act dealing with offences of criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery, using as genuine fake documents, abusing official position, criminal misconduct by public servant and taking a bribe.

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